Conway, S.C. – Coastal Carolina junior pitcher Anthony Veneziano was drafted in the 10th round by the Kansas City Royals on day two of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, June 4.
Taken as the number 289th pick overall, Veneziano was 5-3 with a 4.73 ERA on the mound for the Chants in 2019, starting 14 games and appearing in 21 contests. He struck out 85 batters in 78.0 innings and held the opponents to a .259 batting average on the season.
Veneziano, who stands at 6-5 and 205 pounds, proved to be one of the Chants’ best pitchers down the stretch of the season after returning to the starting rotation in mid-March.
For his career at Coastal, Veneziano is 14-6 overall with a 5.09 ERA over 49 appearances, including 35 starts. He has totaled 187 strikeouts compared to just 89 walks over 176.2 innings of work and has held opponents to a .258 batting average overall.
The tall left-handed hurler is 90-94 with his fastball and also throws a 2-seam fastball, a slider, and a changeup.
Veneziano, who is the first Chanticleer to be drafted in this year’s first-year player draft, becomes the 31st Chant to be selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft in the program’s history.